Waverley College

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Latin: Virtus Sola Nobilitat
Virtue alone ennobles[1]
Location
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°53′50″S 151°15′21″E / 33.89722°S 151.25583°E / -33.89722; 151.25583Coordinates: 33°53′50″S 151°15′21″E / 33.89722°S 151.25583°E / -33.89722; 151.25583
Information
Type Independent, Day school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1903[2]
Chairman Paul Gillian
Headmaster Ray Paxton
Chaplain Fr Martin Milani
Staff ~115[3]
Years offered 5–12 + Preschool
Gender Boys
Enrolment ~1,350[3] (2011)
Colour(s) Royal Blue and Gold
         
Website

Waverley College is an independent, non-selective Catholic day school in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, catering to approximately 1,350 students from Years 5 to 12.[3]

The school grounds are located on Birrell and Henrietta Street in Waverley, in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Waverley College has also operated a Cadet Unit (WCCU) which teaches discipline and leadership skills for students in Years 8 to 12. The WCCU celebrated its 100th year in 2011.

The college is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[4] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[5] the Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW/ACT (CSSA),[6] and is a member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).[7]

History[edit]

Waverley College celebrated its centenary in 2003. The school was founded in Ireland, pioneered by the Christian Brothers in Australia and more recently led by Edmund Rice Education Australia.[citation needed]

The school opened with 20 students in 1903. In 1938, the school started accepting boarders. The school's boarders came from rural Victoria, Queensland, New Guinea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Norfolk Island, Nauru, New Caledonia, Saigon and Singapore as well as country areas of New South Wales. The school stopped taking boarders in 1979.

The college is now staffed entirely with lay teachers, including the first lay Headmaster, Ray Paxton, who was appointed in 2010.

Two of the college's major buildings, the Chapel and the College Hall, date back to the 1950s. The latter, which includes stained-glass window displays dedicated to the armed services, has a vestibular Lady Chapel, focusing on the school's Marian tradition. Every year in May, the school hosts an annual May Procession in honour of Our Lady, which is the longest-running Marian procession in Australian history.

The Senior School and Middle School ‘quads’ were added in 1963 and 1970 respectively. In 1970, an Olympic-sized swimming pool was also built, and in 1980 the school underwent massive renovations in which one of the halls, Ludlow, was transformed into a music centre and a modern gymnasium was built.

Waverley College, The Grange

In 2003, to celebrate the college centenary, the college built a $6.5 million Performing Arts Centre. The centre includes a 300-seat proscenium arch theatre with state-of-the-art lighting options; an 80-seat drama studio and a sixty-seat recital room. It was opened on June 15, 2003, by New South Wales Governor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir. It has since been named the Brother R. J. Wallace Performing Arts Centre, in honour of the headmaster who oversaw its development.

The centenary was also commemorated with a Mass for past and current students and families at the Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park, led by Bishop David Cremin, and the publication of The Crest of the Wave, a history of the school written by Justin Fleming.

In 2003, the College refurbished the area surrounding Ludlow Hall, clearing the way for a playground, and in 2007 the school started its million-dollar plan to develop classrooms into the 21st-century facilities that students and teachers enjoy today.

In 2014 the school began a major refurbishment and building plan including construction of a new car park on Carrington Road gates, refurbishment and expansion of the Gymnasium and Pool House, construction of a new TAS and Hospitality building, Art rooms and eventually Library to be concluded in 2016-17.

Campus[edit]

The senior school campus, Our Lady's Mount, is located on Birrell Street in Waverley, in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Waverley College gates, Carrington Road

Waverley College has a library, science and specialist areas, computer rooms, a large gymnasium, tennis courts, cricket nets, and a Performing Arts Centre to cater for all aspects of music and drama. The school's Olympic-sized swimming pool was used by Ian Thorpe[8] when he was training for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The second campus, Waterford, on Henrietta Street, Waverley, houses the Junior School, the Pre-School and a theatrette. Playing fields are located at nearby Queens Park.

Affiliations[edit]

Waverley College is one of the original members of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS) in NSW. Other members include Barker College, Cranbrook School, Knox Grammar School, St Aloysius' College and Trinity Grammar School. The school participates in a number of sporting competitions within the CAS.

The college is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[4] the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA),[5] the Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW/ACT (CSSA),[6] and is a member of the Combined Associated Schools (CAS).[7]

Academic record[edit]

In 2014 the College received some of it's best HSC results ranking it 128 in the state.[9] Three students were placed on the Premiers All Rounders List in the state for achieving marks over 90% (Band 6s) in every HSC subject.[10] 11.2% of students achieved over 90 and combined 49.6% students achieved over 80% which is the highest result in the College's history. The class of 2011 holds the honour for the best Band 6 results 12.7%. Across NAPLAN results for all years, the college consistently rates amongst the State’s top 25% of schools, and 80% of Waverley College graduates decide to go on to university.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of Waverley College are known as Old Boys or Waverlians, and may elect to join the school's alumni association, the Waverley College Old Boys' Union.[11] Notable alumni include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waverley College Crest". Waverley College. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Waverley College, Our Lady's Mount". School Choice, New South Wales. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  3. ^ a b c "Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Waverley College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  4. ^ a b "AHISA Schools". Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, New South Wales. April 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  5. ^ a b "JSHAA New South Wales Directory of Members". Junior School Heads' Association of Australia, New South Wales Branch. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  6. ^ a b "About Us – Catholic Secondary Schools Association NSW/ACT". Catholic Secondary Schools Association. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  7. ^ a b "About Us – Combined Associated Schools". Cranbrook School. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-10-29. 
  8. ^ Brendan Trembath (2 February 2011). "Olympic great Ian Thorpe confirms return to competitive swimming". ABC PM radio. Retrieved May 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/search-hsc-2014-school-rankings-20141217-1297fg.html
  10. ^ http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/ebos/static/ALRND_2014_12.html
  11. ^ "Wavelength" (PDF). Publications. Waverley College. April 2007. pp. 6–10. Archived from the original on 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  12. ^ Fortescue, Elizabeth (17 March 2006). "Handy Cam". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 23 January 2008. [dead link]
  13. ^ Cullen, Simon (28 January 2014). "Peter Cosgrove named as next governor-general, will replace Quentin Bryce in March". Australia: ABC News. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Reynolds, Peter (1993). "Dellit, Charles Bruce (1898–1942)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 13 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 612–613. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  15. ^ "Bishop Emeritus: Patrick Dougherty". Catholic Diocese of Bathurst. 2006. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  16. ^ Higgins, Matthew (1983). "Kenny, Thomas James Bede (1896–1953)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 9 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 571–572. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  17. ^ a b "Centenary Performing Arts Centre Opened" (PDF). Wavelength. Waverley College. July 2003. p. 3. Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  18. ^ Lawson, Valerie (2000). "Norton, Ezra (1897–1967)". Australian Dictionary of Biography 15 (Online ed.). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. pp. 571–572. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  19. ^ Murphy, Damien (2014-04-26). "Former ICAC chief Barry O'Keefe dies aged 80". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  20. ^ Pearce, Suzannah, ed. (2006-11-17). "Tilley (Bill) William John". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content Pty Ltd. 

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